Featured Research

  • RAND Review Examines Immigration, Defense Policies, the ACA, and Correctional Education

    Nov 26, 2013

    Stories in RAND's flagship journal discuss U.S. and Mexican immigration and labor reforms; British, French, and German defense policies in the face of austerity; seven ramifications of the Affordable Care Act; and the cost-effectiveness of correctional education programs.

  • Toppling Qaddafi: Libya and the Limits of Liberal Intervention

    Nov 25, 2013

    Toppling Qaddafi is a carefully researched, highly readable look at the role of the United States and NATO in Libya's war of liberation and its lessons for future military interventions. This book recounts the story of how the United States and its European allies went to war against Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, why they won the war, and what the implications for NATO, Europe, and Libya will be.

  • Understanding Risk for Inhalant Initiation Among Middle School Students

    Nov 22, 2013

    Interventions to prevent inhalant initiation should target sixth and seventh graders, address influence by family and peers, and provide skills training to improve drug refusal self-efficacy.

  • What Security Cooperation Mechanisms Do Combatant Commands Utilize to Build Partner Capacity?

    Nov 22, 2013

    Security cooperation with allies and partner countries is an important instrument of the U.S. government for advancing national security objectives. This report characterizes security cooperation mechanisms for capacity-building, produces a detailed database of the mechanism elements, develops and applies a preliminary means of evaluating select mechanisms, and recommends ways to improve mechanism effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Assessment of the Air Force Materiel Command Reorganization

    Nov 21, 2013

    One challenge of the FY12 Air Force Material Command (AFMC) reorganization was to eliminate civilian manpower positions with minimal, if any, impact on its assigned missions. This report for Congress assesses five elements of this reorganization.

  • The Role of Terrorism and Terror in Syria's Civil War

    Nov 20, 2013

    The growing role of jihadist elements, with their numbers increasing through the recruitment of foreign fighters and defections from other rebel groups, has divided the Syrian rebel movement and discouraged anti-Assad governments in the West from providing significant military support.

  • Understanding Differences in Spending Change at Retirement

    Nov 20, 2013

    Spending declines at small rates at retirement, rates that could be explained by mechanisms such as the cessation of work-related expenses, unexpected retirement due to a health shock or by the substitution of time for spending.

  • Copenhagen Area Transport Model Extended to Enable Congestion Charging

    Nov 20, 2013

    To assess congestion charging policies where the charge varies according to the time of day, the Ørestad Transport Model (OTM) for the Greater Copenhagen area has been extended to predict the choice of time of travel for car drivers.

  • Influence of Pro-Smoking Media Messages Can Last for Seven Days

    Nov 18, 2013

    College students documented their exposure to pro-smoking media messages during their normal routine over a three-week period. After exposure to just one, their smoking intentions immediately increased by an average of 22 percent. Smoking intentions decreased with each passing day but remained elevated for seven days.

  • Examining Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care

    Nov 18, 2013

    Although Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) do not, by themselves, have the remit or resources to bring about wholesale service improvement in health care, they do have features that would allow them to play a key role in some of the wider initiatives that encourage innovation.

  • Emerging Strategies in Mileage-Based User Fees to Reduce Costs and Increase Acceptance

    Nov 18, 2013

    This paper presents a review of promising mileage-fee design and implementation strategies intended to reduce system costs and foster greater public acceptance.

  • Who Has Gotten Ahead After the Fall of Communism?

    Nov 18, 2013

    In the Czech Republic, the former "nomenklatura cadres" are able to maintain their advantageous positions in the income hierarchy, mainly because they possess "human capital" and can effectively convert "social capital," accumulated during the communist regime, into economic capital.

  • Assessing Economic Preparation for Retirement

    Nov 18, 2013

    It is important to assess economic preparation for retirement in a way that addresses many of the deficiencies of the income replacement rate concept.

  • Does an Algebra Course with Tutoring Software Improve Student Learning?

    Nov 18, 2013

    A “blended” approach that combines traditional textbook learning and computer-based instruction could help improve performance among algebra students.

  • The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic—And How We Can End It

    Nov 18, 2013

    With more than 150 million Americans overweight or obese and an estimated 1.5 billion affected globally, obesity is the world's most pressing public health crisis. In A Big Fat Crisis, RAND's Deborah Cohen unpacks the hidden causes of the obesity epidemic and outlines concrete strategies for defeating it once and for all.

  • Mileage-Fee Design Strategies to Reduce System Cost and Increase Public Acceptance

    Nov 14, 2013

    As traditional transportation revenue sources primarily based on gas tax continue to dwindle or stay even at best, the notion of transitioning to a vehicle-miles-traveled fee or mileage-based user fee has come under substantial consideration. Some design strategies can reduce system costs and increase public acceptance of mileage-based fees.

  • Actions School Districts Can Take to Help Principals Better Lead Schools

    Nov 14, 2013

    States and school districts can help principals be more successful by matching the correct candidate with the appropriate school, by using a high-quality system to evaluate them, by giving them the right amount of autonomy, and by providing them with the resources and support they need to produce better education outcomes.

  • Rising Inequality Affects Men's Career Development and Marriage Timing

    Nov 12, 2013

    Rising economic inequality has significant implications on young men's timing of marriage. In particular, the pace of marriage formation depends on the difficulty of the male's career transition as well as on race and schooling.

  • State and Local Law Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws

    Nov 12, 2013

    There are two sides of the debate over whether or not state and local enforcement of federal immigration laws is effective and appropriate.

  • DoD Takes First Steps Toward Improving Workforce Diversity

    Nov 11, 2013

    In response to a government directive to increase diversity across all federal agencies, the Department of Defense held a diversity summit for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Coordinating efforts across the organization can help the department reach its STEM-diversity workforce goals.